Fulton

Central UMC has a long history of being in relationship with Fulton High School. Located less than two miles from the church, Fulton has a long and rich tradition in our community. In recent years, the leadership of both Central and Fulton have reconnected and restarted the partnership that was present for many years.

Since we reconnected in July 2014, we’ve been involved in the annual Fulton Frenzy by providing dinner to hundreds of students and families. Since 2015, we’ve hosted the Baccalaureate service in May, and throughout the year we find opportunities to extend hospitality and serve the Fulton community with food and other gifts.

Why is this important? While we may not always directly interact with students, the teachers are on the front lines every day. We look for ways we can encourage and bless the teachers as they do the difficult task of educating.

Plans for the 2020-2021 school year include:

  • Lunch for teachers and staff
  • Thanksgiving baskets
  • School supplies via an Amazon Wish List

Fulton

Central UMC has a long history of being in relationship with Fulton High School. Located less than two miles from the church, Fulton has a long and rich tradition in our community. In recent years, the leadership of both Central and Fulton have reconnected and restarted the partnership that was present for many years.

Since we reconnected in July 2014, we’ve been involved in the annual Fulton Frenzy by providing dinner to hundreds of students and families. Since 2015, we’ve hosted the Baccalaureate service in May, and throughout the year we find opportunities to extend hospitality and serve the Fulton community with food and other gifts.

Why is this important? While we may not always directly interact with students, the teachers are on the front lines every day. We look for ways we can encourage and bless the teachers as they do the difficult task of educating.

Plans for the 2020-2021 school year include:

  • Lunch for teachers and staff
  • Thanksgiving baskets
  • School supplies via an Amazon Wish List

Beaumont

Central began its partnership with Beaumont Magnet Academy in 2016. Beaumont Magnet Academy is a local elementary school that features an honors program for K-5th grades.

Plans for the 2020-2021 school year include:

  • Teacher Lunch – To support the teachers and staff as they prepare for students to return, we are bringing in lunch for them the week before school starts. We will include a card to let them know they have our prayers and support this year.
  • School Supplies Drive – After students return, the staff will get together a list of other possible supplies they may need and we are going to have a supply drive in September. Be watching for more information.
  • Classroom Snacks – There is always a need for classroom snacks, but this year, they must be pre-packaged and this can be a great expense to teachers who often fund this themselves. The snacks they have asked for are: Goldfish, Nutri-Grain bars, Chewy granola bars, Cheezits, fruit snacks, crackers, baked chips, Pop Tart bites (Not the larger 2 to a package whole bars). We are asking members to add a package to their weekly grocery list so we can supply them with classroom snacks on an on-going basis this year. You may drop them off during office hours in the bin placed on the Welcome Table marked Beaumont Snacks. This ministry will run all year.
  • Blessing Box Ministry – Finally, their school has two blessings boxes where student families and others in the community can go by and pick up food as needed. We are volunteering to stock one of the boxes (the one off Scott Ave right behind the playground) every 1st and 3rd Wednesday this year. The box is very small and used for non-perishables. Our hope is that a family will sign up to stock the box as a family project or maybe team up with some other families to do so. If you want to purchase food to put in the blessing box, you can drop that off anytime and we will store it at the church and the next group can add that food to theirs to fill up the box. Sign up here. If you want more information, contact Melanie Gangaware or Pastor Stephanie.

Beaumont

Central began its partnership with Beaumont Magnet Academy in 2016. Beaumont Magnet Academy is a local elementary school that features an honors program for K-5th grades.

Plans for the 2020-2021 school year include:

  • Teacher Lunch – To support the teachers and staff as they prepare for students to return, we are bringing in lunch for them the week before school starts. We will include a card to let them know they have our prayers and support this year.
  • School Supplies Drive – After students return, the staff will get together a list of other possible supplies they may need and we are going to have a supply drive in September. Be watching for more information.
  • Classroom Snacks – There is always a need for classroom snacks, but this year, they must be pre-packaged and this can be a great expense to teachers who often fund this themselves. The snacks they have asked for are: Goldfish, Nutri-Grain bars, Chewy granola bars, Cheezits, fruit snacks, crackers, baked chips, Pop Tart bites (Not the larger 2 to a package whole bars). We are asking members to add a package to their weekly grocery list so we can supply them with classroom snacks on an on-going basis this year. You may drop them off during office hours in the bin placed on the Welcome Table marked Beaumont Snacks. This ministry will run all year.
  • Blessing Box Ministry – Finally, their school has two blessings boxes where student families and others in the community can go by and pick up food as needed. We are volunteering to stock one of the boxes (the one off Scott Ave right behind the playground) every 1st and 3rd Wednesday this year. The box is very small and used for non-perishables. Our hope is that a family will sign up to stock the box as a family project or maybe team up with some other families to do so. If you want to purchase food to put in the blessing box, you can drop that off anytime and we will store it at the church and the next group can add that food to theirs to fill up the box. Sign up here. If you want more information, contact Melanie Gangaware or Pastor Stephanie.

Pride of the Southland

Central UMC serves the University of Tennessee ‘Pride of the Southland’ Marching Band in two ways. For the past 12 years, we have provided refreshments and drinks to band members at the Band Camp pool party.  The church also provides water to band members for the end-of-band-camp march to the stadium.  This march to the stadium happens on hot August Friday mornings—students are most appreciative for the cold water we provide at the end of this march.

With an average of 300+ marching band members per year and after 12 years of this outreach, Central has impacted the lives of over 3,500 college students.

Pride of the Southland

Central UMC serves the University of Tennessee ‘Pride of the Southland’ Marching Band in two ways. For the past 12 years, we have provided refreshments and drinks to band members at the Band Camp pool party.  The church also provides water to band members for the end-of-band-camp march to the stadium.  This march to the stadium happens on hot August Friday mornings—students are most appreciative for the cold water we provide at the end of this march.

With an average of 300+ marching band members per year and after 12 years of this outreach, Central has impacted the lives of over 3,500 college students.

UTK Wesley Foundation

The Wesley Foundation is operating under the same rules and guidelines as all Holston churches; which means doing campus ministry this year will be difficult. They have a new director this year, Rev. Mary K. Briggs, and she has reached out to see if we can help with the Sunday evening meal on 8/23. if you are interested in helping package up to-go meals at Wesley that evening please let Stephanie know. She and Crit are going to help but we need 2 more people. We hope to develop a partnership with them this year, especially since Mary as no staff and no student residents to help her do her ministry.

UTK Wesley Foundation

The Wesley Foundation is operating under the same rules and guidelines as all Holston churches; which means doing campus ministry this year will be difficult. They have a new director this year, Rev. Mary K. Briggs, and she has reached out to see if we can help with the Sunday evening meal on 8/23. if you are interested in helping package up to-go meals at Wesley that evening please let Stephanie know. She and Crit are going to help but we need 2 more people. We hope to develop a partnership with them this year, especially since Mary as no staff and no student residents to help her do her ministry.